Tree Identification - Knowledgebase Question

La Habra, CA
Question by sstramler
July 14, 2002
I saw a beautiful multi-trunk tree. The leaves were very similar to Red Bud. The leaves were shaped the same and dark green. The trunk of the tree was light and smooth. Could this have been a red bud? What type of Red Bud and if not, any idea of what it could have been? It was huge. The leaves were heart shaped.

Answer from NGA
July 14, 2002


The most commonly grown redbuds are Cercis occidentalis, the western redbud, and Cercis canadensis, the eastern redbud. They are similar in that they both develop multiple trunks and both have similarly shaped leaves. The eastern redbud has rich green leaves with pointed tips and the western redbud has blue-green leaves which are notched or rounded at the tip. A third, less commonly grown redbud, is Cercis chinensis (Chinese redbud). This tree has glossier, brighter green leaves,often with a transparent line around the edge. Hope this information helps you identify the tree in question.

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